The story of the private sector is that competition generates ever-more output in ways that bring ever-higher living standards to ever-greater numbers of people.
By contrast, the story of the government is inefficiency and waste as interest groups figure out how to grab ever-larger amounts of unmerited goodies, often while doing less and less.
In some cases, where government is doing bad things (stealing property, subsidizing big corporations, fleecing poor people, etc), I actually favor inefficiency.
Sadly, the government seems to be most inefficient in areas where we all hope for good results. Education is a powerful (and sad) example.
A story in the LA Weekly is a perfect illustration of this phenomenon.
A little more than a decade ago, something unexpected happened. The district’s enrollment, which peaked in 2004 at just under 750,000, began to drop. …Today, LAUSD’s enrollment is around 514,000, a number that…